Wednesday, December 12, 2001
Steamboat Springs The conversation swirling around U.S. Ski Team member Jeremy Bloom after Tuesday's training session had very little to do with skiing.
"I can't understand it," Bloom said. "But then who really does understand the BCS."
Bloom, who made a name for himself in the sport of skiing earlier this month when he finished third in a World Cup in Tignes, France, isn't shy about telling folks and even reporters how he feels about this year's Rose Bowl game between top- ranked Miami and a team he has a lower opinion of, No. 2 Nebraska.
"Does it have to be Nebraska?" Bloom said of the Rose Bowl matchup.
In addition to being one of the top new prospects on the U.S. Freestyle Team, Bloom is also a wide receiver for the Colorado Buffaloes. He is taking this year off from football to pursue the Olympics but will return to the football team next year.
Bloom said the decision to ski instead of playing football was a difficult one and it's been hard to sit back while his Golden Buffaloes have climbed the polls.
But the idea of giving up a chance to play for a national title has also been a motivating factor in Bloom's success this season on the slopes.
"I have to ski well or it will just tear me up," he said.
Bloom said he grew up competing in both sports in his hometown of Loveland. As a child, he and his family would drive to the slopes from their home several times a week. His mom was an instructor at Keystone and he skied competitively with Team Breckenridge.
Bloom said as the Buffaloes have climbed the polls, he has been getting more and more attention. He doesn't mind answering the questions about what it is like to play both sports and he feels like his football background has brought a little more attention to the sport of freestyle.
"I'm a skier who plays football when I'm on the slopes and I'm a football player who skis when I'm on the football field," Bloom said.
The fact is, if Bloom keeps skiing like he has, he may be a football player who's headed to the Olympics in February.